Dying To Ask

Why People Are So Socially Awkward Right Now With Diane Gottsman

December 20, 2021

It's not you, it's me. Oh wait, it's me too.

People are really weird these days and there's a good reason for our social awkwardness.

Diane Gottsman is a modern etiquette expert and the founder of the Protocol School of Texas.

She specializes in corporate communication strategies. She helps employers and employees interact in productive, meaningful ways and helps identify behaviors that typically lead to conflict at the water cooler.

Diane says nothing has changed modern etiquette quicker than the pandemic.

Normal work-home boundaries are non-existent. Zoom is great until it's not. And The Great Resignation is exposing big obstacles in building culture for companies hiring people who may never step foot in an office.

Collaboration? Don't get her started.

That's why Diane and her expertise are in high demand as companies try to avoid conflict and business interruptions because people no longer know how to behave with each other.

Maybe you've noticed the weirdness in your personal life as you've reconnected socially with people you haven't seen since the pandemic started?

There's a social awkwardness in get-togethers. Diane explains the science fueling our interactions and provides a few hacks to help you and those around you feel at ease.

On this Dying to Ask:

  • Find out why so many people find it difficult to be in groups again
  • How to handle toxic personalities that didn't improve during the pandemic
  • Why we all need a "word of the year"

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